Lesson study is a popular professional development approach in Japan whereby teachers collaborate to study content, instruction, and how students solve problems and reach for understanding in order to improve elementary mathematics instruction and learning in the classroom.

This book is the first comprehensive look at the system and process of lesson study in Japan. It describes in detail the process of how teachers conducted lesson study--how they collaborated in order to develop a lesson, what they talked about during the process, and what they looked at in order to understand deeply how students were learning. Readers see the planning of a mathematics lesson, as well as how much content knowledge the teachers have. They observe students' problem solving strategies and learn how Japanese teachers prepare themselves to identify those strategies and facilitate the students' discussion.

Written for mathematics teachers, educational researchers, school administrators interested in teachers' professional development, and professional developers, this landmark volume provides an in-depth understanding of lesson study that can lead to positive changes in teachers' professional development and in teaching and learning in the United States.

chapter 1|5 pages


chapter 2|10 pages

An Overview of Lesson Study

chapter 3|9 pages

Lesson Study at Tsuta Elementary School

chapter 5|15 pages

Drawing Up a Preliminary Lesson Plan

chapter 6|23 pages

Refining the Lesson Plan

chapter 7|14 pages

Preparing to Teach the Study Lesson

chapter 8|18 pages

Teaching the Study Lesson

chapter 9|16 pages

Discussing How to Improve the Study Lesson

chapter 10|16 pages

The Revised Lesson Plan

chapter 11|24 pages

Teaching the Revised Lesson

chapter 12|17 pages

Sharing Reflections About the Study Lesson

chapter 13|19 pages

Follow-Up Activities: Sharing and Reflecting

chapter 15|9 pages